COVID-19: Cardiac Risks Soar!

COVID-19 hospitalization saw frequent acute cardiac events, linked to severe outcomes, especially in patients with existing cardiac conditions.

Researchers extensively examined medical charts of COVID-19 hospitalized adults from Jan-Nov 2021, revealing valuable abstraction findings for analysis.

The study cohort (n=8460) comprised adults from 99 counties across 14 states, representing the COVID-19–Associated Hospitalization Surveillance Network.

During COVID-19 hospitalization, 11.4% (95% CI: 10.1%-12.9%) of patients experienced acute cardiac events, emphasizing significant risks and critical implications.

Within acute ischemic heart disease, common ICD-10-CM codes included type 2 myocardial infarction (2.1%), non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (1.3%), and other forms (1.2%).

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Among acute heart failure cases, prevalent ICD-10-CM codes were acute-on-chronic diastolic or systolic heart failure (1.4% or 1.3%), with 3.4% receiving a congestive heart failure discharge diagnosis.

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